Dennis Goshorn

Dennis Goshorn

Sales Specialists at PeachMac

Location
Macon, Georgia Area
Industry
Consumer Electronics

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Dennis Goshorn's Summary

As a seasoned professional in higher education I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of students and professionals.

I am, also a history enthusiast, but there’s more to me than that. While it’s true that I’m usually reading about history I’m passionate about other things as well.

I am also a tech-junkie and I am "living the dream" as a Sales Specialist at PeachMac, the largest Apple Specialist in the nation. My store is in Macon, Georgia.

I think the answer to "Tell us about yourself" can be summed up with the analogy of a three-legged stool—each leg is integral to the stool and each is tied to a quote.

1. Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life." John 5:39, 40—reminds me that I'm just a sinner; I need a Savior; I need grace.

2. “Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the holidays, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are quieter. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.” It’s hard to pin-point exactly when we first noticed the “stray dogs” that came into our lives unannounced and have never left. These former Berry students have become our family, complete with traditions. Three of those 14 are “second generation,” or our adopted grandchildren! This is who I am; I build lasting relationships; deep relationships

3. The third leg in this analogy is this quote from a letter I received a few months ago from a former Head Resident: "Your godly influence and leadership in our lives has traveled well outside of 4 years and a college campus. You cannot know, this side of eternity, the difference you have made" This isn't just a job to me, it's my calling.

Dennis Goshorn's Experience

Sales Specialists

PeachMac

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Retail industry

April 2014Present (6 months) Macon, Georgia

I am new to this role as a sales specialist. I don’t see myself as simply a salesperson. I am a resource for people. Listening is where it all begins—really listening to what the customer wants and needs. This means that I have to know the products so well that as they are describing their needs I have solutions popping into my head.

I think that sales is all about relationships and building trust. That can be difficult when the relationships are short-lived—so I have to exemplify a commitment to excellence in customer service and communication. Customers are going to run the gamut from tech-junkies to novices; I have to relate to all and make all feel comfortable.

Specific duties:
—making customers comfortable no matter their level of technical knowledge or expertise
—build pertinent solutions that meet customer needs
—build customer loyalty by explaining to them all the ways PeachMac can support them before, during and after the sale

Residence Life

Berry College

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 1987July 2013 (26 years 1 month)

I have worked in residence life at Berry College in various capacities since 1987. I have been the Director of Residence Life, then Director of Housing and until July 2013, Director of Housing & Associate Director of Residence Life. My duties have changed over the years and most recently were more involved with planning, projections, assignments and information management. I have gained self-taught knowledge in SQL and Information Management systems (specifically Jenzabar EX). I am equally comfortable in a Windows or Mac OS environment. I also have extensive experience using VMWare Fusion, running Windows virtually on my Macintosh.

Residence Hall Director

SUNY Cortland

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 1983June 1987 (4 years) Cortland, New York

Campus Minister

Coalition for Christian Outreach

February 1980June 1983 (3 years 5 months) Indiana, Pennsylvania

As a member of a campus ministry team, I worked as a Head Resident of an off-campus residence hall. I also participated in various ministries to the students of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I developed the position of Head Resident Supervisor, taking on the supervision of two other Head Residents of off-campus residence halls.

Dennis Goshorn's Honors and Awards

  • John R. Bertrand Superior Work Supervisor

    Berry College
    • April 2006

    Awarded annually to the faculty or staff member in recognition of their supervisory expertise with students.

Dennis Goshorn's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • Achieving Success With Difficult People
    • Bethel Bible Series Instructor Course

Dennis Goshorn's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteer, Chickamauga National Military Park Bookstore

      Eastern National
      February 2013 present (1 year 8 months)

      I love volunteering at the Chickamauga bookstore about twice a month. I man the cash register, re-stock books and items, help customers find books that meet their interests.

Dennis Goshorn's Skills & Expertise

  1. Higher Education
  2. Public Speaking
  3. Teaching
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Event Planning
  6. Training
  7. Student Development
  8. Residence Life
  9. Leadership
  10. Team Building
  11. Research
  12. Student Affairs
  13. Community Outreach
  14. Program Development
  15. Leadership Development
  16. Time Management
  17. Fundraising
  18. Nonprofits
  19. Volunteer Management
  20. Staff Development
  21. Resume Writing
  22. Conflict Resolution
  23. Career Counseling
  24. Admissions
  25. Student Counseling
  26. Policy
  27. Critical Thinking
  28. Grant Writing
  29. Workshop Facilitation
  30. Editing
  31. Curriculum Development
  32. Customer Service
  33. Academic Advising
  34. Data Analysis
  35. Campus
  36. Administration
  37. Career Development
  38. Event Management
  39. Psychotherapy
  40. Organizational Development
  41. Academic Writing
  42. Student Conduct
  43. Conflict Management

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Dennis Goshorn's Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

MA, Student Development

19811983

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor's degree, Criminology

19751979

Big Spring High School

graduate, College Preparatory

19711975

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I am a history enthusiast; particularly U.S. presidential history and the Civil War. I love to help people develop, college students in particular. Leadership and how it develops in college students is also a passion; servant leadership in particular. I love books on those topics as well as classic mysteries. I enjoy seeing a good movie and then exploring what book it was based on—I'm not one to be hyper-critical of differences in the book and the movie. I try and treat them as separate entities and usually like to see the movie and then read the book. I enjoy all sorts of music, but mostly listen to classical or movie soundtracks when I'm working. A bicyclist all my life I have recently re-discovered the joys of a good road bike and participate in organized rides whenever I can.

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